Makhaya Ntini’s son Thando Ntini dropped a bombshell throughout his look on a podcast named ‘The Load Shed’ lately that his father had to wage a troublesome battle against racism throughout his time with the South African males’s cricket team.
“A couple of years back he (Makhaya) actually spoke out he just felt like he was constantly fighting for his life. The only guy there you know I understand he probably felt lonely. It sucks to hear him when he can count with his hands how many times he was invited to a dinner with the gents,” Thando stated.
“You know when you go on tour and when you arrive you make plans about ‘okay guys we’re going to go to a certain place for dinner’, you are keen (but) he never had someone knock at his door and be like ‘You keen to join us for dinner?’ So it just felt like for him it was always survival mode and just trying to create a future for himself and his family,” he added.
Thando additionally revealed that his father is at all times reluctant to element his struggles as the primary black participant ever to play for the Rainbow Nation in order that it does not create a hostile atmosphere for him (Thando).
“Post cricket, he doesn’t speak about it. He doesn’t want to create a hostile environment for me in the industry because of the stuff that he says. At the end of the day most of the coaches in our system have either played with him or the ex-players or whatever,” he talked about.
“When he speaks to me he’s just like ‘I keep quiet to protect you so that you can have a long-lasting career and I want you to have a smooth career and you make your own mistakes,” he added.
Notably, Ntini continues to be the third-main wicket-taker for the Proteas in the crimson-ball format with 390 scalps behind Dale Steyn (439 wickets) and Shaun Pollock (421 wickets). He can be the fourth-main wicket-taker for the Proteas in the ODI format with 265 poles in 172 video games behind Pollock (387), Allan Donald (272) and Jacques Kallis (269).